Fire Extinguisher Inspection
Fire extinguishers should be maintained at regular intervals (at least once a year), or when specifically indicated by an inspection. A fire extinguisher inspection is intended to give maximum assurance that an extinguisher will operate effectively and safely. It includes a detailed examination and any necessary repairs, recharging or replacement. It will normally reveal the need for pressure testing (hydrostatic testing) of an extinguisher to ensure the cylinder is safe to use.
Steps to performing an annual inspection for fire extinguishers:
- Have a checklist handy with the date of each fire extinguisher inspection and follow each step until complete. Be sure to mark the date of inspection on the inspection tag of your fire extinguisher.
- Your extinguisher should not be blocked by any equipment, coats or objects that may interfere with access in case of an emergency.
- Always check to ensure that the pressure of the unit is at the recommended level by checking the gauge to confirm that the needle is in the green zone which will show that the pressure is right where it should be.
- Make sure the nozzle or other parts of the extinguisher are not obstructed in any way.
- If your portable fire extinguishers have a pin and tamper seal, check to see if they are intact and undamaged.
- Check for dents, rust, leaks or any sign of abuse or wear. Take a damp rag and wipe off any gunk or chemicals that may have accumulated on the device.
- Shake your extinguisher to prevent the powder from settling to the bottom.
During our maintenance service, if the results show that the extinguisher is damaged or needs recharging our experts at Fire-Alert will immediately replace it. Functional fire extinguishers are required throughout the premises. It is the most important tool against fire; however, if it is not kept in good working condition it will not be useful in times of need.
To ensure that the fire extinguisher works in the event of a fire, you should follow these guidelines:
- First and foremost, make sure the fire extinguisher is in a location that makes it readily accessible.
- Ensure that the fire extinguisher is set up properly for easy handling, and that nothing is obstructing access to any parts of it, including the hose.
- Be certain that the fire extinguisher is adequately charged at all times, and ready for use. Regularly check the pressure dial to see if it needs to be charged.
- Verify that the pull pin is properly secured within the handle and held in place by the tamper seal.
- Examine the fire extinguisher for any cracks, dents, or rust on its shaft which might hinder its performance.
- Check that there is a visible instruction label on the fire extinguisher, and that it is legible in case of emergency.
- Make sure that no modifications were made to the fire extinguisher that might affect its performance level.